I could’ve, and should’ve, reported this earlier. Realistically, though, I couldn’t have; seeing as I only found out about it today because Caitlin Moran tweeted about it, today. So, I place all blame at that wonderful lady’s tweet-feet. It’s either that or admit I’m too tired to write a real opening line or two. Anyway, it’s a very simple idea that anyone, and everyone, can get involved in — very easily. It’s essentially acting as a kind of time capsule for the internet age; generation; whatever.
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Everyone loves a time capsule, like every woman adores a fascist and every good boy deserves fudge. A time capsule creates a connection between present and future, when present has long since become past. It’s a sure fire way to make a little bit of you last just that little bit longer than life will let you as a whole — time capsules is how I’ll spend my old age when I’ve accepted that no one likes a poet anymore; no one wants to publish my certified revolutionary literature; all my scripts were too out there for even the avant-garde to understand; that I’d not actually done any of that and the only thing I’d ever written was the names of multiple pets I don’t own outside my imagination.
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Anyway, music is the great unifier, just as it is the great divider too, and this project seeks to time capsule the shit out of everyone’s listening habits today; July 9th, 2013. Not sure why that date’s significant, because I’m not much of a researcher, more of a rambler. There are a number of ways you can take part, on any number of online outlets, which I’ll list at the bottom. All you have to do, in as much detail as you feel you want to share, is express what you’re listening to today, how you’re listening to it, and, perhaps most importantly, why you’re listening to it.
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The answers may range from because I don’t like driving this shitty commute in silence to I lost someone on this day however many years ago and this song has always reminded me of them, but it doesn’t matter, just share it; music is such a significant part of most people’s lives that it will find its way into each and every day, and even in the most insignificant way it’s probably more significant than you think — it can change the way you feel, who you are, who know and what you do. That’s why Harkive (who I’ve just realised I’ve not named yet, but I don’t edit, so there you go) have decided to, in their own words, ‘capture for posterity a global snapshot of the way in which we interact with the sounds and technology of today, and get to the essence of what music means to us as all.’ For more info about the project go HERE.
I’ve nicked the How To Contribute section of the site and placed it below for you to jump on board with this, if you can be arsed, you lazy, lazy scoundrels. I’ll be contributing, and I feel my contribution will mostly involve Alela Diane, who I think I’ve fallen in love with, alongside a number of other things that range from hardcore, J-Pop, electro, post-rock, black metal, folk, chip-tune and drone metal; because I’m that kind of cunt.
You can email your story to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can attached photos, video or audio files related to your submission to the email message, or you can include links to where these elements can be accessed. You can write as much, or as little, as you like.
Via The Harkive Site
You can contribute to Harkive by completing the form on the Harkive site (the form will be made available on 9th July). If you would like to include links to photos, videos or audio files you can add the links to the body of the text.
By Posting on you own site, blog
You’ll be able to contribute to Harkive on 9th July 2013 by tweeting with the hashtag #harkive. You can tweet as many times as you like on the day of Harkive, therefore creating a ‘diary’ of your listening across the whole day. If you wish you can also include links to images, videos, and any other digital information in your tweets. Harkive will automatically harvest any tweets with the #harkive hashtag.
If you follow Harkive on Twitter you will be kept informed of developments with the project and will be able to join in the conversation.
There is a Harkive page over on Facebook. If you ‘Like’ the page you will be able to contribute to Harkive 2013 by posting on the wall of the page on 9th July 2013.
If you ‘Like’ the Harkive page on Facebook before the project starts you will be kept informed of developments as we lead up to Harkive 2013.
You can contribute to Harkive using your Instagram account. When you upload a photo, simply add the hashtag #harkive, along with any text you’d like to include. You can add as many images as you like over the course of the day and Harkive will harvest the images/text automatically.
If you want to contribute some images of where and how you are listening on 9th July, upload them to Flickr, tag them with #harkive, and remember to set the image to ‘Public’ so that they show up in searches. You can also email the links to your images/sets along with a written contribution to email@example.com.
If you would like to record a short video of you listening day you can share it with Harkive by adding it to YouTube with the hashtag #harkive in the title and description of the video. Please ensure that you make the video Public and that you enable sharing. If you wish you can also email the links to your video(s) along with a written contribution to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to record a short video of you listening you can share it with Harkive by adding it to Vimeo with the hashtag #harkive in the title and description of the video. Please ensure that you make the video Public and that you enable sharing. If you wish you can also email the links to your video(s) along with a written contribution to email@example.com.
If you would like to record an audio diary you can do so via Audioboo. Please ensure that you include the work Harkive in both the title and description when you add the file to Audioboo.
If you would like to record an audio contribution to Harkive you can upload it to your Soundcloud account. Please ensure that you include the work Harkive in both the title and description when you add the file to your Soundcloud page.